Toray Plastics (America) has launched its new chlorine-free, barrier-coated Lumirror MK61HB and PA1HB polyester films for flexible packaging applications.

The two PET films can be used in e-commerce applications as an alternative to foil, PVdC-coated PET and OPP, and AlOx-coated PET.

The PA1HB clear-barrier PET acts as an oxygen barrier, while the MK61HB metallised-barrier PET provides effective protection from oxygen and moisture.

Toray Plastics (America) new product development product manager Kerri Boyens said: “The increasing popularity of ‘grab and go’ healthful and artisanal foods, evolving distribution channels that create the need for longer shelf life, and the growth of online shopping for everyday consumables are major market shifts facing CPGs.

“Improved oxygen, moisture, and aroma-barrier films, such as MK61HB and PA1HB, that are manufactured with a minimal number of production steps are smart, versatile solutions.”

"Improved oxygen, moisture, and aroma-barrier films that are manufactured with a minimal number of production steps are smart, versatile solutions."

The two films are based on Toray’s PET, which provides thermal stability and a modified print surface.

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They have been designed to be used as an outer layer in a two-ply lamination or as the middle layer in a three-ply lamination.

The adhesion layer of the films can be used for laminating, adhesive coating and printing processes.

Suitable for pouches and lids, the films can be used to protect snacks, cookies, baked goods and confectionery items, as well as for beauty, personal care and household goods packaging.

Image: Toray’s new Lumirror MK61HB and PA1HB barrier-coated polyester films. Photo: courtesy of Toray Plastics (America).